Meet the Bishop Search Committee
The Standing Committee sought to create a Search Committee composed of “citizens of the diocese” who demonstrate not only the essential skills and considerable time needed to carry out the assigned duties and responsibilities, but who also represent a diverse group of voices including but not limited to location, gender, race, age, of both lay and clergy (including priests and deacons, both working and retired). Also notable is that each deanery will be represented. View the Charge to the Search Committee, created by the Standing Committee, and the Confidentiality agreement all Search Committee members have signed.
After a prayerful and intentional process, the following persons have been invited to serve as members of the Search Committee with discerning and committed hearts. Read more about them in their bios below.
Trinity Cathedral, Sacramento; Capital Deanery
I am the Director of Government Relations for Parker Development Company. I joined the firm in 1994 as project manager for the Parkway in Folsom. My previous experience includes managing site development and home construction for two major Sacramento home builders, as well as project management for other master planned communities. In my current position, I am responsible for relationships with elected officials and related community groups. Specific activities include work on entitlements, financial plans, and other activities that require approval of elected officials. I serve on and chair several community boards and organizations and currently serve my church as Senior Warden.
Rosemary Braxton, Trinity Cathedral
Sacramento; Capital Deanery
My heritage was Southern Black Episcopal churches until my family received a warm welcome at Trinity Cathedral. Following the leading of the Holy Spirit to represent the desires of our Diocese is an approach I value in the selection of our next Bishop. In 2009, I became a Licensed Lay Preacher and I minister in this capacity at Eskaton Monroe Lodge. I am also a Stephen Minister, Chair of the Hospitality Committee and have a Transept Prayer Ministry at the 7:30 am service. I am an Education for Ministry graduate and have served on the vestry at Trinity Cathedral. My work experiences have been as Assistant Director of the Learning Resource Center at UC Davis, a Non-Profit Training Coordinator and an Information Systems Analyst with the State of California.
The Rev. Todd Bruce
Trinity, Folsom; Capital Deanery
I have been the rector of Trinity, Folsom since 2012. I grew up in Atlanta, and joined The Episcopal Church while a student at the University of Georgia. While attending Virginia Theological Seminary, I was an intern at St. Columba's Church in DC, and then served for five years as the assistant rector at St. Paul's Church in Kansas City, Missouri. I am inspired by two quotes I saw every day when I was in seminary: the words of William Sparrow, carved on the wall of our library, '"Seek the truth; come whence it may, cost what it will"; and the words of St. Paul, in Acts 26:19, in a stained glass window of our old chapel, "Whereupon, O King Agrippa, I was not disobedient unto the heavenly vision.
The Rev. Canon Tina Campbell
Trinity Cathedral, Sacramento; Capital Deanery
I am currently non-parochial. I worship and occasionally serve at Trinity Cathedral, supporting outreach ministries, especially in community organizing and environmental efforts. I continue to teach a Spiritual Formation class for the School for Deacons in Berkeley. I was ordained a deacon in 1991, and since then I have participated in Hispanic/Latino Ministry, the Liturgy Commission, and anti-racism events. I've chaired the CPE Advisory Committee at the UC Davis Med Center and the Board of Episcopal Community Services. Additionally, I have served as Archdeacon, as the Cathedral Deacon, and as President of the Association for Episcopal Deacons. In November, I completed a term on the Commission on Ministry, where I chaired the Academic Committee. With a full and varied ministry in the diocese and the larger Church, I have been excited to help form the next generation of ordained leadership. I look forward to playing a role in bringing a robust group of Bishop-candidates to our diocese for prayerful consideration.
The Rev. Dr. Sean Cox
Faith, Cameron Park; Capital Deanery
I am the rector of Faith Church in Cameron Park. I graduated from The Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest and was ordained in 1996. The focus of my Doctor of Ministry at Virginia Theological Seminary was in ministry development. Before coming to the Diocese of Northern California, I served congregations in Texas, San Diego, and Arizona. In 2004, I chaired the Bishop's Transition Committee in the Diocese of San Diego. I serve on the Diocesan Stewardship Commission and was a General Convention Alternate in 2015. I am also a chaplain in the Navy Reserve.
The Rev. Rod Davis
St. Michael's, Carmichael; Capital Deanery
I am serving as the associate priest at St. Michael's and consider it a privilege to serve on the Search Committee. I'm currently the president of the Joint Disciplinary Board for the Dioceses of California, Northern California, San Joaquin, and El Camino Real, and chair the diocese's Constitution and Canons Committee. I also serve as the Prior of Associates for the Episcopal Church's Order of Julian of Norwich. Before graduating from CDSP, I was a judge for the California Court of Appeal. My wife, Sue and I have worshiped and raised our family in the diocese during the past 30-plus years and have witnessed and sometimes participated in the selection of its last three bishops. I ask your prayers for all of us on this committee as we strive to respond to the Holy Spirit's guidance.
Mary R. Davy
St. Michael's, Carmichael; Capital Deanery
I am the mother of two adult children and the grandmother of one adorable grandson. Now I am a retired "stay-at-home" mom, but I started out my working life and education as an archaeologist, graduating from Southern Illinois University. St. Michael's has been my home parish for the past 31 years. In 2012, I was appointed to the Diocesan Commission on Ministry (CoM) and now serve as vice-chair. I am grateful that, through my work on the CoM, I have met people throughout our diocese and been witness to parts of their faith journeys. This has enriched and informed my own faith and also helped me understand the needs and concerns of the diocese, beyond my own congregation. The gifts I bring to the Search Committee are my organizational skills, commitment of time and energy, and my love of all God's people. My hobbies include biking and hiking along the American River near my home and helping people learn about their family history.
The Rev. Dr. Pamela Dolan
St. Martin's, Davis; Wingfield Deanery
A native Californian, I am delighted to be back in my home state after more than a decade away, and even more delighted to be serving as rector of St. Martin's. I was ordained to the priesthood in 2010, having worked for several years as a Christian formation and church communications professional, first in the Diocese of California and then in St. Louis. Having studied English at U.C. Berkeley as an undergrad, I went on to get a master's degree in theology from Harvard and a Doctor of Ministry degree from the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. Along the way I also worked on a doctorate in English at New York University (but still have an unfinished dissertation I'm dragging around with me!) and was a regular contributor to the religion column in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. I was very involved in leadership in the Diocese of Missouri, including terms on Standing Committee and the Diocesan Board of Examining Chaplains. My husband and I have two teenage daughters, one in junior high and one in college, and two dogs, neither of whom have any academic aspirations.
The Rev. Jeanne Forte
St. Paul's, Benicia; Wingfield Deanery
I was formerly Rector of St. Paul's, Benicia, and am now happily retired! I live in Vallejo and hold dual citizenship with my "neighbors" north of the 49th parallel. My interests are Congregational Development, Total Ministry and generally helping out wherever needed. As retirement sinks in, I have returned to roots: playing the piano, singing, attending current event forums, and getting back to the garden. I have an RV (24-foot Winnebago), which I will travel in! I am delighted to serve as Chaplain to the Bishop's Search Committee.
Asleain "Scotty" Hodges
Grace, Fairfield; Wingfield Deanery
I am country and big city; I was born in Louisiana but migrated to the snowy state of Michigan where I grew up. The love of the farm and country never left my heart; however, I grew to love the diversity of life in the Big D (Detroit). I am a graduate of the University of Hawaii (Baccalaureate), and San Francisco State University (Masters). My professional experience has been in local government. I am retired from the Human Resources Department (known in olden days as the Personnel Department) of the City of San Leandro. One of my goals in life was to travel and explore the world outside of my state of residence. Thus far, I have lived in or traveled in all of the United States except Alaska. I have also had the good fortune of living or travelling in Mexico, Madrid (Spain), Lisbon (Portugal), Majorca, Canada, and the Azores. I am the widow of a Chief Petty Officer of the USN. I have been a resident of Suisun City and a member of Grace Church for over 35 years. Currently, I serve on the Vestry at Grace, am a Eucharistic Minister and a member of the Diocesan Commission for Intercultural Ministries. Additionally, I am a Docent at the state capitol. I volunteered for the Search Committee because I wanted to serve and to become more involved in the whole Church. It is an honor to have been selected to do this holy work, and I am finding this personal experience to be inspiring, educational, challenging, and spiritually rewarding!
Christ Church, Eureka; Semper Virens Deanery
I am a busy member of Christ Church, ushering, providing coffee hour food, reading lessons and prayers of the people, counting and depositing offerings, and other things as asked. As an army brat, I was baptized in Boise, Idaho, confirmed at West Point, New York, and married in Leavenworth, Kansas - making me a long time Episcopalian of diverse experiences. I find peace and comfort in the redwoods that surround my home, love in my many families whether blood or not, and confidence from the love of God.
St. John's, Roseville; Central Deanery
I am retired and live in Roseville with my spouse, Michael. My work experience includes Human Resources management in the public sector, as well as private industry national sales management positions. As a member of the Vestry at St. John's, I feel an obligation to be a representative of all of the members of my congregation, to understand the various perspectives of their individual journeys and to seek to be as inclusive as possible. As a member of the Search Committee, that obligation now includes the entire Diocese of Northern California. I consider participation on the Search Committee a great responsibility to others. As I focus on where we are as a diocese today and what forces and needs are driving us at this time, I pray that the work performed by the Committee be guided by our mutual desire to accomplish the goal to which we have been called. I ask for the prayers of all in support of our efforts. I trust in God to provide the skills and discernment required for this great opportunity to serve all of the congregations in the Diocese.
St. Michael's, Carmichael; Capital Deanery
My wife Lisa and I have been members of St. Michael's for more than 30 years, and we have both been active in parish and diocesan governance. I retired from 40 years in sales management with Weyerhaeuser and the Collins Company in 2006. I enjoy photography, travel, biking, and visiting our family and friends. I have had the honor and privilege to serve this diocese in many leadership roles over the past 20 plus years. My involvement has provided me a broad scope of understanding the complexities of our diocese and the demands that accompany the responsibilities of our bishop. Many of my roles allowed me to work closely with Bishop Beisner, which gave me insight into his demanding schedule, the wide array of expectations from our congregations, clergy, TEC, and outside interests. This will assist me as I work with others on the Search Committee to present the best slate of candidates for our next bishop. My skills include the ability to lead, follow, listen, and participate in the discernment process. I have developed a passion for this diocese and believe it is essential that we elect a bishop who will to lead us into the future as we continue to Make Disciples, Raise up Saints, and Transform Communities for Christ.
The Rev. Kate Sefton
St. Stephen's Sebastopol; Russian River Deanery
I am the mother of three adult children. I have served as a deacon at St. Stephen's since August of 2016. In addition to three years of diaconal education, I have a master's degree in Developmental Therapy, and have worked for many years in the field of Developmental Disabilities and Early Intervention for young children at risk for developmental delays. I have acted as chaplain of a parish search committee, have taught college-level courses in Child Development, and have worked as a shop steward and union representative. I currently serve on the Board of Trustees for the School for Deacons, am a member of the Bishop's Emergency Response Team, and continue to work full time in the field of Early Intervention. I lives in Sebastopol with my sister and two cats, and I enjoy learning new things, knitting, and swimming, and have recently completed two 5K races.
Grace, St. Helena; Wingfield Deanery
I have served Grace Church for 11 years as Director of Youth Ministry and recently added Family Ministry to my job as well. In addition to that work, I teach music at a Montessori school in my town and also give lots of piano lessons. Originally from Ohio, I attended university in southwestern Indiana and then lived in Nashville and Charleston before settling in the beautiful Napa Valley in 2006. One of the most transformative experiences of my life was walking the Camino de Santiago in Spain in the summer of 2016. I am optimistic for the future of the Church and am excited to bring my gifts of hard work, listening, dedication, communication and education to this committee.
The Rev. Matthew Warren
Christ the King, Quincy; Sierra Deanery
I am the Vicar of Christ the King, and I also serve as the permanent Supply Priest for Holy Spirit, Lake Almanor. I recently accepted two new roles within the Diocese: I serve as both the Chair of the Academic Committee and as Secretary of Convention. A self-proclaimed "tri-vocational" priest, I serve as an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Feather River College while continuing my work as a stay-at-home dad. I am married to Kristy, who serves as the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction for Plumas County Schools. Our two children, Abigail and John, are growing up before our eyes. I love to "live where I play" in Plumas County. An avid golfer, I spend as much time on the links as I can, serving as the Quincy High School Golf Coach. When not in the tee box, I can be reliably found along the shores of Plumas County's many lakes during the summer, where I enjoy water skiing and lazy days with my family. During the winter months, I spend my time dreaming about the upcoming summer, planning a trip to Disneyland, and the next season of Giants baseball. I am excited to help represent the Sierra Deanery in the Bishop Search Process and am looking forward to hearing the diocese's hopes and dreams for strengthening our ministries in the many communities we serve.
St. Barnabas, Mt. Shasta; Alta California Deanery
I am a lay person at St. Barnabas. My ministries there include serving as co-organist, liturgist, Verger, Mission Council member, Eucharistic minister and lay preacher. As a servant of the diocese, I work on Commission on Ministry, Board of Trustees, and I will attend General Convention as a deputy. I am grateful for each ministry, and I am especially honored to represent Alta Deanery on the Bishop Search Committee.